"Blue Heart: Beauty and Change Along America's Western Shoreline"
Gyotaku Art Exhibit
The Blue Heart exhibit will be on display for one year starting October 18, 2021 at the new Gladys Valley Marine Studies Building in Newport, Oregon. The public is welcome to view the art during Hatfield Marine Science Center's typical hours of operation- Monday through Friday, from 8 AM to 5 PM. Parking is available at no charge. *Current COVID health measures apply (required masks in all OSU spaces).*
What is Gyotaku?
The traditional Japanese folk art of Gyotaku, or fish rubbing, has been used by the renowned artists Dwight Hwang and Duncan Berry to create the 25 major pieces of art featured in this exhibit. They each bear emotive witness to the power and beauty of the Pacific Ocean, as well as the deep and lasting climate-driven changes that are occurring with increasing speed along our western shoreline.
"Art Illuminating Science"
"In our modern lives we are awash in science and facts, which are useful to understanding our world, but art takes us deeper in our bodies, into our hearts and our guts to really 'feel' what we are experiencing.
So feeling is what this show is all about: Bearing emotive witness to the power and beauty of the Pacific Ocean, as well as the deep and lasting climate-driven changes that are occurring with increasing speed along our western shoreline…. Changes brought about on a global scale by the choices we make every day as humans, impacting the thousands of species we share this moment in space and time with, here on planet earth.
For us, making these impressions directly from the bodies of creatures that frequent the land, sea and air along our coastlines is an 'active form of reverence' like a giant living braille. ...and in doing so we get to witness the fascinating stories of their lives and the dramatic climactic changes they are adapting to everyday.
We hope that these images will connect you in a deeper way with the ocean and our relationship and responsibility to find ways to lessen the impacts of climate change."
-Dwight Hwang and Duncan Berry